Super-Absorbent Polymers: A Global Strategic Business Report
San Jose, California (Vocus) June 1, 2010
Super-absorbent polymers (SAP) are unique functional polymers, which are capable of absorbing fluids up to several hundred times their weight. A rapidly aging population and growing health awareness among consumers comprise key macro economic factors contributing towards higher demand for SAP products. Rising demand for hygiene products and disposable diapers is a major contributor to the high demand for SAP as a raw material. Technological advancements associated with SAP are also expected to facilitate expansion of end-use applications. In particular, biodegradable SAP is expected to have a profound impact on the future market growth.
Europe and the United States dominate the global SAP market with over 59% share of volume sales, as stated by the new market research report on Super-Absorbent Polymers market. Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Latin America offer the maximum growth opportunities for the SAP market. Although the global financial crisis and subsequent decline in consumer spending affected the demand for SAP-based products, the market is expected to recover owing to resurgent demand from emerging economies of China, India and Brazil. Developing nations from Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East are likely to be the growth engines for SAP use in hygiene products. In Asia-Pacific, the consumption of SAP in disposable diapers is projected to reach 216.3 thousand metric tons by 2012.
Increasing consumer focus on sustainable products is contributing to the growing popularity of bio-based super-absorbent polymers. Apart from offering an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to various non-renewable petroleum-based materials, bio-based super-absorbent polymers exhibit high levels of efficiency in absorbency and moisture retention. Consequently, bio-based SAPs are increasingly finding use in personal hygiene applications such as baby diapers, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence. In addition, bio-based products are also being used for food packaging and industrial applications. Cellulose, starch, chitin, and natural gums (guar, alginates and xanthan) are among the most significant polysaccharides. However, high-cost and low-performance characteristics, when compared to synthetic polymers, are major drawbacks for the adoption of natural SAP.
The global SAP market is predominated by the presence of Japanese producers, in terms of production. Nippon Shokubai SAP, with production facilities in Japan, China, Europe and the US, leads the global market, in terms of production capacity. Major players profiled in the report include BASF SE, Evonik Degussa GmbH, LG Chem Ltd., Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd., Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd., and Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Company Limited.
The report titled “Super-Absorbent Polymers: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, competitive scenario, product introductions/innovations, and recent industry activity. The study analyzes market data and analytics in terms of value sales for regions including The United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East. The global and regional SAP markets are analyzed by end-use segments, namely Disposable Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products, and Miscellaneous Applications.
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